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Friday, December 2, 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 10:23:00

Arkansas Bar Association announces public forums to discuss appointment of Supreme Court justices

Last month, the Arkansas Bar Association circulated the final draft of a proposed constitutional amendment to chose members of the Arkansas Supreme Court by appointment rather than election. Now, it's hosting public forums to discuss the proposal.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 10:19:00

Justice Wood refuses to get off Michael Morton nursing home case

Supreme Court Justice Rhonda Wood today said contributions her 2014 campaign received from Michael Morton didn't require her to recuse from cases involving his nursing homes.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 18:51:00

Mauricio Torres murder trial under way in Bentonville

Prosecutors in Benton County began building their case today against Mauricio Torres, a Bella Vista man accused of killing his 6-year-old child, Isaiah Torres, in March 2015.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 17:13:00

Democrats lose challenge to Republican nominee for Washington County judge

A judge ruled today that the Republican Party had followed state law in picking a substitute nominee to run for Washington County judge.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016 - 10:53:00

Blytheville attorney files civil rights lawsuit over police taser incident

James Harris, a Blytheville attorney, has filed a lawsuit against the City of Blytheville, the police chief, and a police officer, alleging excessive force by the policy against Chardrick Mitchell on July 4.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 22:16:00

The trial of Ted Suhl, day 2: The Texas de Brazil

More details emerge on the alleged bribery scheme.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 09:20:00

Arkansas Supreme Court rejects lethal injection challenge; upholds judicial retirement law

The Arkansas Supreme Court finished up work before its summer recess today with decisions on a challenge to secrecy in the state's lethal injection process for executions and another to the law that all but forces judges to retire.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 11:48:00

Mike Wilson names names in case against legislative pork barreling

Former legislator Mike Wilson has added some powerful new evidence to his lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of legislators controlling handouts of state money to pet local projects. He names names and projects.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 09:21:00

Supreme Court upholds pay for Gerber employees in dressing for work

The Arkansas Supreme Court, in a 4-3 ruling today, has upheld a lower court's finding that Gerber Products must pay its Fort Smith workers for the time they spend putting on and taking off work uniforms.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 07:56:00

John Goodson and others add lawyers for hearing on forum shopping

Lawyers facing federal court sanctions for forum shopping a class action insurance case have brought in new legal guns from out of state to fight potential sanctions.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 09:29:00

Supreme Court hears arguments on death penalty law

Arguments were held by the Arkansas Supreme Court this morning on the lawsuit by Death Row inmates seeking more information about drugs used in executions.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 09:49:00

Judge Naramore's lawyers paper court in child death case

Lawyers for Garland Circuit Judge Wade Naramore, charged with negligent homicide in the hot car death of his 18-month-old son Thomas in 2015, have filed multiple pleadings seeking more information and justification for the charge against Naramore.

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 14:50:00

Ellison family speaks on historic LRPD use-of-force settlement

The family of  Eugene Ellison, the 67-year-old African-American man shot and killed by a Little Rock Police Department patrol officer in Ellison's apartment near the corner of Col. Glenn and University Ave. in Dec. 2010, held a press conference today to discuss yesterday's announcement of a historic settlement in the federal civil rights case arising from the shooting.

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 07:49:00

Judge anticipates punishment of lawyers in Fort Smith class action case

Federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith issued a 32-page ruling yesterday indicating he contemplates punishment of 16 lawyers who moved a class action lawsuit against an insurance company out of his court to a state court in Polk County after a settlement had been worked out.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 08:49:00

Jefferson County election squabble enters new arena

A lawsuit has been filed against Stu Soffer, a member of the Jefferson County Election Commission, for his failure to turn over e-mails in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 19:43:00

Committee debates election reforms, shows little appetite for judicial appointments

A month after the conclusion of a vitriolic state Supreme Court election season that saw unprecedented levels of spending by out-of-state "dark money" groups, the Senate Judiciary committee this afternoon discussed two potential reforms to how Arkansas selects its judges.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 14:47:00

Wrong court, Senator Cotton

Sen. Tom Cotton is so consumed with joining the blockade of President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court that he — or his staff — got a little foggy on another piece of  judicial obstructionism.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016 - 11:33:00

Financial report: Courtney Goodson loaned $641,000 to her race for chief justice

An updated campaign finance report for failed chief justice candidate Courtney Goodson shows she loaned her campaign $641,000 and received $35,000 in contributions the last few days of the campaign from Pennsylvania lawyers who have become high-profile because of Arkansas political activities.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 14:51:00

Government seeks 10-year sentence for former Judge Mike Maggio in bribery case

The U.S. attorney's office today asked that former Judge Mike Maggio of Conway get a 10-year sentence for pleading guilty to taking a bribe to influence his reduction of a verdict in a nursing home negligence case from $5.2 million to $1 million.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 18:29:00

Criminal Justice Task Force recommends allowing appeals of sentences

Sentences doled out by state judges in criminal cases should be appealable, a legislative task force recommended today. Currently, those who are convicted of crimes have no judicial means for challenging the severity of their punishment. Also, debate about racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

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